info 01.17.06

Out With the Old

When it's time to edit your worldly possessions, here are places where you can donate, and in a few cases sell, your stuff. Whether you get cash back or karma, you'll have room to welcome in the new.

Partnership for the Homeless

Arts Materials
Materials for the Arts

Rechargeable Battery Recycling

Bed Linens
NYC Rescue Mission
Animal shelters will also use your old linens for animal bedding.


Children for Children
Housing Works

Cell Phones
Most local cell phone stores also accept phones for recycling. Do they really do the right thing with the phones? We can't vouch.

Career Gear
Dress for Success
Nike Reuse-A-Shoe
NY Cares Coat Drive

Computers and Electronics
Lower East Side Ecology Center
National Cristina
Non-Profit Computing
Share the Technology
Tools for Schools

Estate Cleanout
Braswell Galleries
Tepper Galleries

Lions Clubs

Apartment Therapy Classifieds
Craig's List
Furnish a Future

General Donations
Housing Works
Materials for the Arts
Partnership for the Homeless

Kid's Clothing and Equipment
Baby Buggy

Printer Cartridges
Cure Recycling

Vinyl and CDs
Academy Records
Bleecker Street Records, 239 Bleecker [Leroy/Carmine] 212.255.7899
Rocks in Your Head

Waste Dropoff Sites
Got some motor oil to unload? Car or household batteries? Take all that, plus your motor oil filters, transmission fluid, fluorescent tubes, latex paint, mercury thermometers, and car tires to the Department of Sanitation garage, 605 W. 30th [11th/12th] from 10-5 on the last Friday of each month or any Saturday except the last Saturday of the month. Details here.
Why it's so hard to give things away…
Many charities make money these days from running a used goods shop. Few have facilities to fix or repair things you donate, so your stuff has to be in "resalable condition." If you wouldn't buy it, you probably can't give it away. Owning a truck and employing drivers to pick up donated goods is an expense many charities can't take on. Those that own or rent trucks will want to be sure that what they're coming to get can be sold for more than the pickup costs. The organizations that provide donated goods to people setting up a new home need to tailor what they take from you to what they need for the apartments being furnished. Your perfectly good table may be turned down if they have a lot of tables and no dressers. Almost no one wants mattresses. In general, we've found people not especially agreeable on the phone when you want to donate your things. Go figure.

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